In our tests, we found that Game Mode didn't have a huge impact on higher-end systems, but if you're prone to multi-tasking or have lots of processes running in the background, Game Mode could be useful to you. Additionally, Microsoft has plans to improve the feature in subsequent updates, so it's at least worth knowing where it is.

Here's how to enable (and disable) Game Mode in Windows 10.

Enable or disable Game Mode by default

You can enable Game Mode by default in the Windows 10 Settings menu. This means that games that have been optimized and certified for Game Mode (namely, Universal Windows Platform [UWP] games from the Windows 10 Store), will run the feature by default.

  1. Open the Settings Menu by clicking the cogwheel icon to the left of the Start menu.
  2. Click on Gaming.
  3. Click on Game Mode.

  4. Toggle Use Game Mode.

Enable Game Mode on a per-game basis

You can also force Game Mode on in specific games, whether they're tested by Microsoft or not. To do this, you need to use the Windows 10 Game Bar.

  1. Inside your game, press Windows Key + G to open the Game Bar.
  2. This should release your cursor, and you can click on the cogwheel.

  3. Click Enable Game Mode.

While Game Mode won't make a huge difference for most games, if you're prone to heavy background task usage, or you're using a lower-end system without much overhead for games, Game Mode could be useful.

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